hold a light to (someone or something)

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hold a light to (someone or something)

To compare to someone or something; to be as good or desirable as someone or something. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I'm really surprised that the sequel even holds a light to the original. John's fast all right, but he can't hold a light to Louise!
See also: hold, light, to
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